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Projects to Complete and Reminiscing

By: plapman, 12:08 PM GMT on November 30, 2011

Today will be mainly cloudy with a high of -1C(30F). Tonight will start mainly cloudy but clearing near midnight. The overnight low will be -14C(6F).
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The Queen is back to work tonight after her long break. Maybe tonight I'll put my chef's hat back on and try one of Alley's cake recipes.
Yesterday was quiet on the prairie. The Queen took me shopping for some parts I needed to finish the Nail gun case. Instead of finishing the project I decided to enjoy the Queen's company. I did get Abbey out for her walk along the gopher trails which created a new project. My ice creepers after many miles of use are breaking down. The rubber, used to hold the spiral steel grips, in place is breaking breaking down and breaking. Before I lose the steel gripers it's time to find a suitable replacement. I'll have to once again dig into the horde and see what I can come up with.
I still have to find why the 12 volt solar powered fan won't function.
Also on my list of things to do is to learn to use the free Google Sketchup application.
I've also found a way too bend the leftover plastic from the shower stall into sharp 90 degree corners. Some interesting projects should come of that. With all the projects popping into my active mind I'm going to have to order an extension on my lifetime to complete them all. I'll have to check on the web to see if the many .com companies have that in stock. :) I can't understand how anyone can be bored in retirement unless all they had in their life was their job. When I came home my work stayed where it belonged, on the construction site. After nearly 30 years working as a heavy construction inspector I'm only now telling the Queen of some of the problems I had keeping contractors from cutting corners. At times I miss those days of building everything from bridges to greenhouses but those thoughts quickly vanish when I remember all the motels I slept in and the nights without the Queen's company in a town where I knew no one and as matter of ethics stayed away from the contractor's rooms or camps.




Updated: 11:57 AM GMT on December 01, 2011

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House cCleaning, Baking and a Missed Walk With Abbey

By: plapman, 12:29 PM GMT on November 29, 2011


Today will be sunny with the wind becoming southwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) near noon. The high will be near 4C(39F).
Tonight will start clear but see increasing cloudiness after midnight. The overnight low is predicted to be -7C(19F).
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I was back to cleaning the basement rec room, my domain. Just about done that area with the exception of finding an out of the way place for ongoing projects and to tidy up a bookcase and move it to where I want it. The next place I'll tackle will be my computer desk. I have papers and cd's scattered all about. I keep putting off the hoard but soon I'll run out of other areas to tidy up and have to get to it.
While shopping with the Queen yesterday we met up with the Queen mother. After a short chat and a threat to give her daughter back to her she agreed to share her recipe for the delious soft and chewy oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies she makes. She even offered to show me how to get them so soft and chewy. When we got home the Queen had a messge to come and get a fresh lemon pie and some of the great cookies. The threat of sending the Queen back to her mother sure works.
If the word gets out that I clean house, bake cakes and cookies, as well as dishes and laundry it won't be long before I have young ladies chasing me down the street. :)
The daughter in Newfoundland just got a new Blackberry and is finding it's many features. She has started texting me and with a bit of practise I'll be like the kids with my thumbs bouncing on the small keyboard and my eyes locked on the screen with the rest of the world blocked out.
With my day filled with activities I missed my daily juaant with Abbey. The poor little black and brown dog started bugging me around 6 pm knowing she had missed an important part of her day. Today I'll make time for my little buddy.
The Queen just walked passed and that signals time for our morning coffee and chat.

Updated: 12:01 PM GMT on November 30, 2011

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Stpping the RCMP, Enjoying Time With the Queen and a bad Guy In MY Tree

By: plapman, 12:20 PM GMT on November 28, 2011

Today will start mainly cloudy but clearing this afternoon. The wind will be northwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The high this afternoon will be 3C(37F).
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low of -13C(8F).
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Abbey and me stopped the RCMP yesterday. Now that is differwent. We were between 2 parked cars, one on either side of the road. Abbey was on my left side . I heard something and checked over my shoulder and the was a 4X4 RCMP pickup waiting for us to get from between the 2 parked cars. The RCMP are really nice when your on their side of the law.
I dug my ice creepers from the hoard before our walk. It sure is easier walking when you have secure footing so Abbey and me did the full 2.5 mile walk along the gopher trails with me on the road and Abbey still looking for the now hibernating gophers. I guess there are still mice burrowing just below the surface of the snow.
The sunlight powered fan isn't working.:( With a 16V output at the solar cell it should have no problem powering the small .14 amp motor. I guess I'll have to dig into the hoard and get my multi-meter out to find where the power is being lost.
The Queen is off work till wednesday so I'll have less time for the projects but being in her company is more enjoyable.
The Queen is now back climbing my family tree. Besides the good guys with lakes and towns named after them she has found a bad guy. He appenently went mad and murdered several people, and his wife before commiting suiide with his Winchester rifle. I;ll have to get her to dig into the dirt for more info on the man.




Updated: 12:27 PM GMT on November 29, 2011

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Slippery Roads and a Chef in the Making

By: plapman, 11:28 AM GMT on November 27, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a southerly wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) in the afternoon. Today's high will be 1C(34F).
Tonight will start clear but there will be increasing cloudiness after midnight. The wind will start southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) then become westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. The low will be -2C(28F).
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The roads were terrible yesterday. The city decided not to plow the streets. It must have been a money saving effoet so as not to have to pay overtime for employees. I think their plan will backfire. Yesterday while the snow was soft and wet it would have been easy to move but now the areas with traffic is packed into a solid sheet and will be frozen into ice.
I had to cut my walk with Abbey short yesterday. The traveled areas of the roads were very slippery and the untraveled area covered in 4 inches of wet snow. I guess prairie people aren't used to eastern type wet heavy snow. Today I'm going to have to dif out the ice creepers for my boots when I take Abbey out.
I must have been up too early yesterday. The Queen sent me for naps twice yesterday when I was getting grouchy. her idea worked and I felt better each time when I got up after a 1-2 hour nap. The Queen knows best but I won't tell her that. :)
It's just about time for me to bake another cake. The one I did the other day is just about gone. I'll have to get the Queen to pick me up the ingedients for the peanut butter icing or make an entry for the Cake Boss series and make a bouble cake, one chocolate and one peanut butter and gently swrirl the 2 together before baking. As I said before if I start baking it won't be long before the Queen has a hard time getting me through a door. :)


Updated: 12:16 PM GMT on November 28, 2011

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A new Project Completed With the Help of the Hoard

By: plapman, 1:11 PM GMT on November 26, 2011

Today will see light snow ending early this morning then cloudy with the wind becoming northwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) near noon. The high will be 1C(34F).

Tonight will see clearing as the northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light near midnight. The overnight low ill drop to Low -14C(6F). -------------------------------------------------- --
I had my whole blog almost done when I switched tabs and lost it all. :(
Yesterday I took Abbey out along the downtown route, I'm sure she likes the gopher trails better but I like the slight change of scenery and Hey I'm the alpha in her pack. With today's gusty winds and cool temps I'll bundle up and give her the treat she likes.
Yesterdays project was to install a mirror in the youngest, still at home, daughters room. The cheapskate that I am I dug into the hoard and retrieved the old cabinet from the renovated washroom. The Queen had told me to discard it but I knew I'd find a use for it. :)
I cut back enough of the hinge to pull the pin out with the Dremel cut off wheel and then cut the remaining hinge with tin snips then ground them smooth with the Dremel. What I had now was a large mirror complete with a shiny chrome frame. Bending the back of the frame enough to catch 2 screws it was easy to attach to the wall. I'll have to make a new plywood door and use the remaining cabinet to store small parts in the hoard. If I charged by the hour for my puttering time I could have bought a mirror for the time it took me to make one.
I still haven't found the light fixture for the call of nature light but I think I'll make a motion sensor activated outlet to plug a table lamp into until the fixture surfaces in the hoard.
y todo list just keeps expanding as does the hoard. My poor girls will wonder why dad kept all the junk when it's my time to look at the grass roots instead of the green side and they have to sort it out.
I think I'vde found a way to construct a windmill strong enough to turn my small 12 bolt motor into a generator to make a light brighter with stronger winds but first I have to put the pieces of the solar panel together to make a light activated fan to keep me cool on bright sunny days. I wouldn't want my brain overheating. :)
I'm going to have a chat with the Queen and tell her not to park the car with the front wheels on the garage roof. Her idea that the snow will fall off isn't working.












Updated: 11:27 AM GMT on November 27, 2011

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Record Breaking Temps, My First Cake and Differences in Snow

By: plapman, 11:44 AM GMT on November 25, 2011


Today will be mainly cloudy with a high of 2C(36F).
Tonight SNOW. There is a risk of freezing rain early this evening. The snowfall amount is predicted to be 5 cm(2.0 in). The overnight low will be -3C(26F).
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I rested again yesterday. I still can't find the fixture for the call of nature light . One day when I'm not looking for it the thing will show up in plain view.
I did bake a cake, a first for me, and rotated the web cam. Instead of getting a long narrow picture I still get the wide view? but it seems to show a more vertical picture. I think I'm going to have to change the angle to see faces as well as bottoms. AS a last resort I may even glance at the help section. :)
Back to the cake which I'm quite proud of but I'll have to get the Queen to do a critics report. My MIL wouldn't think it was an accomplishment as her cakes are made from scratch and not from a box like mine. I just didn't have time to go to where the cocoa beans are grown, pick some and extract the great flavor for the chocolate or to visit a local farmer to purchase some wheat, bring it home, and hammer it into flour. That would really be a cake from scratch.
I did get Abbey out for a long 4 mile walk, I think we set a new record high. it sure was a good day for walking but with more of that ugly white stuff in the forecast winter is slowly taking hold on the prairie. Watching the news last night I saw that the daughter in Newfoundland is enjoying her first taste of snow this season. Instead of the predicted 4 inches they received over a foot of the stuff. The snow there is different from ours. We get dry fluffy stuff or little pellets which blows and packs into hard drifts with the wind. On Canada's easterly coast the snow is heavy and wet. The daughter says that sometimes when you dig into it it appears to be blue due to the high moisture content. I think I prefer the cold dry stuff better as it's easier to move. I'll give her a call this evening and ask if she made a snowman. :)


Updated: 1:09 PM GMT on November 26, 2011

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Projects to Make Me Lazy

By: plapman, 1:12 PM GMT on November 24, 2011

Today will be mainly sunny with a southwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph).The he high will be 11C(52F).
Tonight will bring a few clouds and increasing cloudiness overnight. Tonights low will be -4C(24F).
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Yesterday was a good day on the prairie. For late november the temps were fantastic and today looks even better. I took Abbey out on her walk along the gopher trails. She sure enjoyed the free run, as usual, but came home soaking wet. After looking at her I can only imagine what Ylee's soggy bottom must have been like a few days ago. I sure hope it didn't smell as bad as wet dog. :)
Somewhere in my basement cleanup project I put the light for the call of nature light away and can't find the light fixture.
I've came up with a simple soluotion to see faces in the webcam and still see Abbey or Kramer if the wander into view. Though I'll get less horizontal view, which is mostly the side of the neighbors ouse I think faces can be attaches to the bottoms that come into range. I'll mount it side ways.
Yesterday , while searching through the hoarde I came across an old 12 volt solar panel whose former use was to keep the car battery fully charged during the day. Finding it gave me ideas for a new project. I can hook it up to n old computer fan or a 12 volt set of leds. It will show my lazy side like the call of nature light as I won't have to look out the window to see if he sun is shing. If I get mch lazier I won;t have to get up except to take Abbey on walks.
Well the Queen just got up time for me to join her for coffee.

Updated: 11:39 AM GMT on November 25, 2011

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Memories from the Hoard

By: plapman, 1:21 PM GMT on November 23, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a southwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this afternoon. The high will be 7C(45F).
Tonight will remain clear with a l of-1C(30F).
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In 2 hours I had the other 1/2 of the basement in reasonalble condition. Today I'm going to work on the call of nature light keeping in mind that my hoard is next. My home being a bi-level has an area about 10 feet wide and the width of the house with a low ceiling , 5 1/32 feet, This area has always been my hoarde area. While looking for parts for the what am I going to do with it now light I came across things I hadn't seen in at least 20 years. I have 2 old wide carriage dot matrix printers both 24 pin letter quality printers which I bought at when the local school division was clearing old equipment for $5 each. They both have a label showing they were donated to the school division by companies which I guess at the time were upgrading to laser printers. These old impact printers cn make up to 6 copies, using carbon paper in 1 pass. When they were put into storage they were in excellent working condition. I checked Epson's site and to buy a similar one now would be over $600! I wonder if you still buy carbon paper paper? I even have 2 new, still in the box, ribbons for them. They never dry out as their carbon coated. I also found an old Panasonic Exec Partner computer and the original manual that came with it. The Exec partner was the forerunner to today's laptop it even has a built in heat transfer printer like the old fax machines and a 2 mb hard drive. I The thing weighs over 20 lbs. lb, a lug along they were called. I booted it about 3 years ago and and it proudly displayed the OS was DOS 3. lol. A friend gave it to me when he upgraded to a real laptop. I should open my own computer museum.
I foud old electronic parts which I never discarded from the days when I had digital electronics for a hobby before I swithed to computers over 20 years ago with my first computer eing a Commodore VIC 20 with I thing 2 meg of ram. At that time Bill Gates was saying people will never need more that 64 kilobytes for the operating system.
In my electronics era the Queen was babysitting and had a home day care. I have a book, which I treasure, written by one of her kids who authors applications to interface electronic devices with computers which is signed by him and with a note thanking me for the interest I instilled in him for electronics and the help I had given him. I wonder where he is now? I haven't heard from him since I was treasurer and sectrectay for the Free net which was when the internet was all text based. My age is showing:)
Well the Queen just arose' it's time for me to have a coffee with her and talk about her adventures at work last night.


Updated: 1:10 PM GMT on November 24, 2011

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Cleanup Time on the Ptairie

By: plapman, 2:14 PM GMT on November 22, 2011



Today will be mainly sunny with a southerly Wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be 0C(32F).
Tonight will bring a few clouds while the wind will remain southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph). The low will be -4C(24F).
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Yesterday following the Queen's commands I only worked on one project. My project yesterday was to start cleanup of my basement. I can't use the excuse that the renovations were ongoing. I did 1 half of the basement and today will complete the cleanup.
Today while the Queen works I'll finish the task. Gosh what a mess I've let it get into.
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Updated: 1:20 PM GMT on November 23, 2011

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Overdoing It On The Prairie

By: plapman, 11:29 AM GMT on November 21, 2011



Today will be sunny with a high of -6C(21F).

Tonight will start clear bu will see increasing cloudiness late this evening. the low will be-9C(15F) with temperature rising to -3C(26F) by morning.
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Yesterday wasn't a good day for me. I lost my temper and took my frustrations out on the Queen. When I had settled down we had a talk an came to the coclusion that I'm putting to much on my plate and have too many projects going. We agreed that it time I started pacing myself better.
Today I'm going to start by cleaning up the clutter I've made with my projects and get Abbey out for a walk along the gopher trails to relax.



Updated: 2:12 PM GMT on November 22, 2011

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Bad News and Lighter Rambles on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:53 AM GMT on November 20, 2011


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Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud along with a 30% chance of flurries early in the morning. Todays high will be -10C(14F).
Tonight will bring a few clouds with a low of -14C(6F).
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Yesterday was a day of rest on th prairie. I did clear the driveway of that ugly white stuff and take Abbey out for her walk. This old body has yet to adapt to the manitoba winter, gosh it was cold with a biting westerly wind.
Just about as I was heading to bed my sister in " The Hat" called. It was a call I shouldn't have answered. She was the bearer of bad news. She updated me on the family health stuation and she never gave any good news. I have a cousin in Niorthern Alberta who has just been diagnosed with cancer and may not see Christmas this year as it is spreading so quickly, a step uncle who has been with Prostrate cancer and a stuborn uncle who left a bleeding ulcer for so long with out seeking medical attension that he colasped and had to be rushed to the ER for a transfusion and to have the ulcer fixed. He's in his early 80's and refuses to believe that he is old and maybe sick.
On a lighter note I once again missed my afternoon nap and at 8:30 the Queen sent me to bed. I was getting pretty grouchy and she said "If you can't be nice go to bed" I chose the latter. :)
It's a good thing Alley dosen't live close by. When Ishowed the Queen the webcam capture of her butt that Alley had posted she wasn't impressed. I'm definatly going to have to aim the cam a bit higher and capture faces and not butts. lol

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Updated: 12:36 PM GMT on November 20, 2011

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Overdoing It Earns Me A Scolding From The Queen

By: plapman, 11:48 AM GMT on November 19, 2011

Today will bring flurries with another 5 cm(2.0 in) in the Lee of lake Manitoba. The high will be
-9C(15F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. Tonight's low will dip to -17C(1F).
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I manufactured my new air nail er box yesterday. Using a table saw isn't as easy as it used to be but I never gave up and the box now needs some hinges installed, a handle and a latch to keep it closed. Today I'll do that as well as add a compartment to desperate the nails and nail er.
I also moved some snow but it looks like I'll have to do that again today. My biggest problem moving the snow was the darn vision. I did the job at dusk and lack of contrast made it difficult to keep from trying to clear the same area twice or missing a small row between the cleared areas.
The good thing is that with the use of the table saw and the snow blower my fingers and limbs are still attached to me. :) The worst part of the day was the scolding I endured from the Queen when she came home from work and saw what I had done. She said you've overdone it today and need to take better care of yourself though her tone and choice of words weren't as pleasant as that. She also reminded me that what I don't get done today can be finished tomorrow. Today I'll work on the motion sensor call of nature light, take Abbey for her walk and have a nap which I missed yesterday. I found out long ago that being in the Queen's bad books is not a pleasant experience.

Updated: 11:54 AM GMT on November 20, 2011

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It's Time For Warmer Clothing On The Prairie

By: plapman, 12:53 PM GMT on November 18, 2011

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries early this morning. There will be periods of snow beginning near noon. The wind east at 20 km/h (12 mph) will become light this morning. The high is expected to be near -5C(23F).
Tonight will see periods of snow ending late this evening then clearing. Wind The wind having swung northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) will become light overnight as the low drops to-18C(0F).
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The SIL came over yesterday to put the finishing touches on the washroom and pick up his tools. he left me a few small countersunk holes where nails hold the trim to fill just to make me feel useful I guess. When the Queen asked him when he was going to bill us for the many hours he spent his reply was " What bill". When him and the daughter left the Queen and I decided that we couldn't just let him walk away with no payment and will discuss the amount we owe him.
While on my walk with Abbey yesterday I decided to dig out my woolen mittens which I line a pair of leather mitts with. I think I may have come close to greezeing my fingertips in the lined gloves I wore. I have a pair of wool mitts my daughter in Newfoundland knit for me a few years back. With them on my hands are nearly sweating at -40. I'm so lucky to have such wonderful daughters.
I'll have to find Abbey some protection for her paws as she, on occasion, lifted a paw as if it were cold yesterday. The biggest problem will be keeping them on her as she continues her gopher hunt but only finds the occasional mouse burrowing just below the snow surface or bunny which she has little chance of catching. The bunnies seem to glide over the snowy surface while, the 80 lb. Abbey, has to plow through it. Winter on the prairie must be really hard on the predators such as foxes and coyotes who don't have a bowl of food to come home to as Abbey does.
Gosh it's only November and I'm complaining about the cold but by March a day like yesterday will seem like a warm day. It's funny how the body adapts itself to climate changes.
I think today's project when the Queen is off to work will be to make a couple of small boxes, one to replace the tattered cardboard box whuch houses my air nailer and another to house the motion sensor call of nature light. That should be enough to keep me from chasing young ladies through the snow on the streets while the Queen Works.
I can't see me ever being bored with retirement as long as my mind is still functioning.


Updated: 11:37 AM GMT on November 19, 2011

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Another Project to Work on and an Interesting Walk With Abbey

By: plapman, 12:26 PM GMT on November 17, 2011

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Today 2ill start sunny then see increasing cloudiness this afternoon. The high will be -6C(21F).
Tonight Snowwith 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in) expected to be lying on the ground by tomorrow morning. The overnight low will be -10C(14F).
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Yesterday while looking in the garage I came across a 500 watt halogen lamp. I remembered a friend asking if I had a spare 300 watt case for him to mount a security camera in to keep watch over his vehicles which can't be seen from the house. The 300 watt case will look like just another lite. We have plans of using a web cam, motion sensor activated and save the video to a spare laptop he has then tirelessly transmit the results, via his home network, to his main computer keep in his home. He's a retired journeyman electrician and I'm a computer addict. We should be able to accomplish the feat. We also plan to have it activate a doorbell chime when motion is detected His plan to keep the web cam at operating temps during the winter is to install a resister which will generate enough heat. The whole complicated system should be at minimum cost as I have spare web cams, he has a spare laptop and the wireless network is in place. I even have a spare 200 mb drive and external case for it. We'll also have to either switch the chime or put it on a timer so he isn't awakened at odd hours by prowling kitties.
The things 2 retired men can think of over an afternoon coffee.
Now on to another ramble!
Last night I took an evening walk with Abbey, her in her reflective safety vest and me in mine. We stopped at an intersection to let a 1 ton flatbed truck go through first. I have all the time in the world. When they urned the load of 3/8 thick by 2 foot square steel plates slide off. On the way across the street to see if I could be of assistance I picked up the hold down strap still neatly folded on it's ratcheting mechanism, and gave it to one of the men. My vocabulary of bad names to call someone greatly increased as they discussed who had put it on to secure their load.:) With only one hand free, the other on Abbey's leash, I tried to pick up a steel plate but quickly decided they were too heavy for a one armed old man. As both men were in dark clothing I felt my best help would be to direct traffic past the workers on the busy street. It must have been quite a sight, with Abbey and me both glowing in the dark. I should have made Abbey's red and blue code 3 lights and increased the comedy of the scene presented to motorists.
Its a good thing that while while working I took a course on emergency site management and was qualified, while working, to to control traffic and curious onlookers at emergency sites such as accident scenes , fires or aircraft crashes but in my case it would have been flooded areas. The course even included what information should be released to the news media and what information should be kept to the site crew.
The Queen just got up it's time for us to share our nights activities over a morning coffee.
On and on I go.
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Updated: 12:31 PM GMT on November 17, 2011

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Slow Going On the Projects and a Deadly Treat

By: plapman, 11:15 AM GMT on November 16, 2011


Today will be mainly cloudy with a 70% chance of flurries in the morning. The wind will be westerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). Today's high will only reach
-2C(28F).
Tonight will bring clearing in the evening and a low of -14C(6F).
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Yesterday it came to me why my projects take so long. I keep loosing things. I'll be working on something and put the parts down and when I need them I can't remembeer where I put them. Then when I look for them they become invisible on my left side.Oh well like the Queen says " If you don't get it done today you can do it tomorrow. ":).
My good buddy Abbey doesn't help either. Yesterday while working on the ceiling fan project I was putting the small screws that were to hold the light to the bottom of the fan on one of the blades so that I could find them. I got up to get something and my friend, who follows be everywhere, pranced through my work area' stepping on the blade sending the tiny black screws flying onto the dark blue carpet. Darn DOG! After crawling on my hands and knees for nearly 1/2 an hour I remembered an old speaker magnet in my hoard and it found the in less that 5 minutes.
The next thing on my list of things to do was to make some fresh horseradish from small clump I planted a few years ago. Using a recipe Alley had posted for me I made a small honey jar of the stuff. I shouldn't have told Alley I like my horseradish hot and breathtaking. That homemade stuff is deadly. If you open the jar and take a whiff you can feel the effects right back to your temples. A small bit on a spoon sends you running for a fire hose to douse the flame. Great stuff!
While cutting it into cubes and running it through the blender I opened the lid to push some chunk down. My eyes watered and I had to step away to catch my breath.People working in horseradish factories must wear gas masks.
I'll have to get the Queen to make a roast of beef! Thank you Alley I love it.
Poor Abbey never got on her walk yesterday. Today I'll dig out the toque and mittens and get her out on the gopher trails. It's time to get her accustomed to the cold winter ahead.

Updated: 12:24 PM GMT on November 17, 2011

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MoreProjects and Who's Snoring On The Prairie

By: plapman, 3:40 PM GMT on November 15, 2011

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The wind becoming westerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) near noon. The high will be freezing at -2C(28F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with the 60% chance of flurries continuing. Wind westerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). Low Tonight will be -7C(19F).
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I was up at at the keyboard earlier but never got to the WU. Just as I was about to come here the Queen said "get up here and have coffee with me." Fearing a slap on the blind side I quickly responded to her command!
Today I'm going to dig the table saw out of my hoard and make a box to store the air nail er in. The cardboard box it came in is getting pretty shabby.
I've also got a ceiling fan that I've been going to install for a long time. I'll do that later today while the Queen's at work so she doesn't have to witness sparks come from my ears and my hair standing straight. :) It's funny that through all of my problems I've been able to complete electrical projects without difficulty.
Since I've been off ff of the drug my mind is active again and new projects keep popping into it. My appetite has also returned and I may gain back the 35lbs. I've lost since last December.
Yesterday on my walk along the gopher trails with Abbey I once again picked up recyclable litter and dropped it off at the local recycling station. So many people just discard their trash out of the car window. It sure distracts from the city when the roads are covered with empty pop bottle, cans and paper boxes.
That darned Abbey is laying on the floor beside me snoring and I thought the Queen the only one in the house who snored. She says I do but I've never heard it. The Queen must be hearing things in the night.:)

Updated: 11:13 AM GMT on November 16, 2011

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Projects to be Complete on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:03 PM GMT on November 14, 2011

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries along with the risk of freezing drizzle in the morning. Fog patches which developeed overnight will dissipate in the morning. The wind becoming west at 20 km/h (12 mph) near noon. Todays high will be 2C(36F).
Tonightwill remain cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. The wind westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) will become light near midnight. The ovwenight low is expected to be near -4C(24F).
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Was I ever busy yesterday. I'm not dure if it takes me longer to do things or if I'm catching up on things I wanted to do in the last year. The biggest problem is that I can't seem to remember what I was so busy at. I still have the automatic light to complete, a box to make for the brad nailer, Abbey's code 3 lights , a wood carving project with the dremal, and a organization of my hoard. It seems that every time I look for a part I need in the hoard i find something that brings a new idea into my head. I knew all that stuff would be useful someday. :).
The Queen made a delisious roast chucken, mashed potatoes and veggies evening meal last night. I'd better be quiet about charging her for the Dorthy Domestic duties she's assigned me or my or I may find it less expensive to take her out for the evening meal.

Updated: 4:35 PM GMT on November 15, 2011

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The Queen on the War Path

By: plapman, 3:09 PM GMT on November 13, 2011


Today will be cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this afternoon. High 3C(37F).
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Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Wind becoming west 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. Low -2C(28F).
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Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Wind becoming west 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. Low -2C(28F).

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The Queen, while doing research on one of my meds Celexa, came across a document issued by Health Canada stating the the drug should not be prescribed to people who are on blood thinners. Health Canada also issued warning that side effects very similar to what I've been experiencing since the drug was prescribed are common. The side effects include seizures, loss of appetite I've lost 35 lbs. since I started it, and confusion. It also stated that if any of these side effects are experienced immediate medical care should be gotten. One of the ER doctor told me not to come back to ER when experiencing seizures as they can't treat them. My neurologist when asked when to call 911 by the Queen was told not until my lips turn blue or she can't feel a pulse. The Queen is going on the WAR PATH. She's printed all of her research data to present to my family doctor and neurologist. She's currently on the College of Physicians web site, the governing body for the medical profession in Manitoba to report this error in diagnosis and the prescribing of this drug to a person who should not be administered this drug and the misdiagnosis, to them. God help the physicians who are about to experience the Queen's fury.










Updated: 12:00 PM GMT on November 14, 2011

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A Birthday Party and Day to Day Life on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:36 PM GMT on November 12, 2011

Today will start with a mix of sun and cloud then becoming cloudy this afternoon. Fog patches that developed overnight will be dissipating this morning. Today's high will be 6C(43F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries overnight. The wind becoming westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight as the low drops to -2C(28F).
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Yesterday's big event was attending a birthday party for the Queen mother. The lady turned 87. Longevity seems to run on the female side of the Queen's family. The Queen's grandmother was in her 90's when she passed. I wish I were in as good a condition as the Queen mother. She still lives and maintains her own home. She cuts her own grass and clears her short sidewalk of snow as well as making delicious lemon pies, cookies and cakes from scratch.
I can only wish I was in as good a condition as her but the males on my family tree have a hard time making it to the early 70's except for 1 uncle of mine who is 80.
Today I'll work on my automatic call of nature light then take Abbey for her walk. With my entertainment done I have a to do list from the Queen which includes cleaning my basement of remnants from the washroom renovations.It seems all craftsmen do their job then leave the cleanup for others. At one time we had a plumber doing some work and just before he was leaving the Queen asked if he was going to clean up. his reply was" You can have me do it for $50 an hour, which the company charges for my time, or do it yourself in a short time. The Queen did it herself.
HMMM Maybe I should incorporate myself and charge the Queen for my time spent as Dorthy Domestic but I think the repercussions of that would leave me going to bed hungry on many nights when I didn't have enough money to pay the Queen master chef wages.
I guess I should leave now so as to get my Dorthy duties completed before the Queen returns home from work.

Updated: 3:08 PM GMT on November 13, 2011

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More Bragging About Abbey, an Evening Stroll and Crazy Projects

By: plapman, 12:34 PM GMT on November 11, 2011

Today will see clearing in the morning and the wind from the northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light in the afternoon. today's high will be 7C(45F).
tonight wil bring a few clouds and a low of -5C(23F).
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Yesterday the Queen took me shopping. I decided that looking at women's clothing without the filling needed to interest me and told the Queen I was off to look for something I needed or as the Queen says I wanted. I couldn't;t find the item but found a sales rep with a great sense of humour. I said " there's a lady in a blue vest" and her reply was " your vision must really be bad, There's no ladies working here." I've been really lucky the last few days finding salespeople really helpful. I should send the woman who wouldn't let Abbey into her shop to the school that teaches " The customer is right." LOL that still shouldn't be on my mind but Abbey is my buddy.
It look's like Abbey can be aggressive when in protective mode, even against me. Yesterday I was playing with one of the great granddaughters and chasing her, in fun, around the house. Abbey came up brhind me and barked. I'm sure that if I could understand dog as well as Abbey understands English I'd have known Abbey was saying " Those are my kids, Leave them alone". Whoever left Abbey in the pound sure missed out on a great dog!
I'd like to see her reaction if she thought someone was going to harm me.
Yesterday I took Abbey on an evening stroll all dressed up in her safety vest. It must have been quite a sight for motorists seeing a glow in the dark dog and her master. I have a couple of flashing red lights that were given to school kids by Manitoba Public Insurance on Halloween in my hoard. I should clip a couple on Abbey's coll er and make her a real stndout in her vest along with flashing red lights. If I could find some blue covers for the lights I could make her into a small police car. LOL I'll have to look for some clear blue plastic in my hoard and create a blue light. Hmmm I have some blue LEDs. If I were to to dig back into my old play with electronics days I could even make an electronic siren for her. I wonder if they let me do my blog from jail where I'd be for impersonating a police officer. :)
Geez now that I'm no longer on the Anti-depressant drug my brain seems to be working overtime thinking of crazy projects to do. I can't keep up with them and am getting a to do list that will have to be writtent on a roll of toilet paper as it's so long. If I could get the Queen to grant me permission to use my larger power tools, like the table saw or miter saw, I'd have to buy another roll of toilet paper.
And on and on I go.
Bored in retirement. LOL






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Updated: 3:34 PM GMT on November 12, 2011

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Plapman's Philosophy On life and More Chatter

By: plapman, 11:15 AM GMT on November 10, 2011

Today will start mainly sunny but we'll see increasing cloudiness in the afternoon as the high climbs, to just the freezing point, 0C(32F). Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries in the evening and after midnight. Driving will become hazardous due to a risk of freezing rain late in the evening and after midnight The overnight low will be -2C(28F).
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With forecasts like this I don't mind having to sit in the passenger's seat where I can close my eyes, maybe even have a nap, while the Queen has to fight the hazardous road conditions. I remember when I had a license to drive it was always my duty to take the family out for necessities and bring them home safely. Looking at life in the whole even the bad things that happen can have advantages.
Enough with thePlapman's philosophy on life lets get back to the day to day happenings on the prairie.
Yesterday the SIL was back to install the baseboards and door trim. with just a few small finishing touches my washroom will be complete. I'm going to double the toll for other family members to use it. :) The SIL has done an excellent job. With the SIL being a great father, a real handyman and having almost completed his apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic I believe the daughter made an excellent choice when choosing the man to father her children. Yuk the Plapman jut goes on and on.
Yesterday, after the Queen was off to work Abbey took me on our daily walk. She decided to take the downtown route so that I wouldn't be slipping and sliding on the slippery roads. Today I'll take control and take her out on the gopher trails and show her that the furry little critters she loves to chase have probably all gone for their winter siesta. I think they have the right idea. The poor birds choose to fly hundreds of miles south, like many Canadians, while the gophers just snuggle up in their warm burrow and sleep the cold Canadian winter away.
That darn Bill Gates, not only does he only give you rights to use his software and never own it he now wants to control my computer. I had most of my gibberish typed in earlier when he said " I've just installed an update now I'm going to reboot your computer" and everything I'd done was gone. I should charge him for the use of my computer and if he doesn't pay change the update setting so that I decide when an update can be installed. I currently have my updates set on automatic but I may change the setting to just download, inform me that updates are available and I'll decide when it's convenient for me to install them. I always keep all my apps updated as most updates repair errors made by the programmers. My anti-virus and firewall apps check for updates daily. I don't want any previously unknown bugs crawling around inside of my computer.
As for Alley's comment on me forgetting her birthday I din't forget, I thought that she like the Queen didn't want to be reminded of birthdays. I think it's because with the pasing years the little white lie just keeps getting bigger and bigger. :)
LOL And the Queen thinks it's great that she can't get a word inedgewise as I just chatter on and on.

Updated: 12:30 PM GMT on November 11, 2011

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An Enjoyable Walk With Abbey.

By: plapman, 11:16 AM GMT on November 09, 2011

Today will bring increasing cloudiness with a 30% chance of flurries in the afternoon. The wind becoming northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) in the morning. The high for today will be 2C(36F). Tonight will bstart cloudy cloudy with a 30 percent chance of flurries in the evening then clearing overnight. WThe wind will continue from the northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) as the low dorops to -6C(21F).
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The snow is just about all gone with only some small patches remaining on the grass where it's not in contact with the ground which still retaind some heat.
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after posting my hsphazard blog at 4:30 yesterday I
went back to bed till 7:30. Did I ever feel good when I woke and that feeling stayed with me the rest of the day.
Yesterday Abbey took me on the downtown route to pick up an adapter for my air hose. The automotive parts store we went to didn't have one in stock but offered to replace the end with a more common thread. After waiting 10 minutes and paying $2.30 I left s very happy man and told them they could close the shop now because of the huge profit the had made by that sale.:) They had no problems with Abbey being in their shop and with the quick, reasomably priced service I'll be sure to return to Western Bearing in downtown Portage . I jst had to put a plug in for them as I was so happy with the service I received.!
While on the way to buy my part we came across a couple of workmen installing a cobblestone entrance to the old Land Titles office I've mentioned in a previous blog. I jokingly asked them if this was where the dance was tonight they looked at me oddly but when I added that if they put up a pole it mught arract the right kind of dancer it brought a big smile to their faces. On my return home the cobles had all been installed and they had an armfull of poles for a hand rail. I said "I see you found a pole" which brought a round of laughter. I hope my preverted sense of humor made their day better.



Updated: 11:11 AM GMT on November 10, 2011

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A Beautiful Woman and a Helter Skelter Blog

By: plapman, 10:29 AM GMT on November 08, 2011

Today will be sunny with a high of 5C(41F). Tonight will remain clear with a low of -7C(19F).
LOL a much younger Plapman and his Queen. I found this on FB. It was posted there by someone the Queen used to babysit. She says she was digging through her mother's old pictures and found it.
I guess that once a brat always a brat
I removed the beard in 1990 but I can't remember when I decided that by letting the fur on my face grow I'd save 5-10 minutes a day.
What a lucky man I am to have such a beautiful lady. This photo sure shows where my girls get their good looks from and it ain't the bearded guy.

It's funny alot of the kids who the Queen used to babysit still remember for the plaid shirts I wore then and still prefer.
On to my normal topic of my daily walks with Abbey. She's still fascinated with the white stuff and buries her nose in it and takes gulps of the stuff while running. I think she enjoys the towel drying she gets when we return home thinking I'm giving her a big tummy rub.
Abey and me saw a bunny on our walk yesterday and she gave chase. Those jack rabbits seem tease her. They almost let her catch up then shift gears and leave her behind in the dust. It must be part of their defensive strategy. It keeps the adversary interested but before long the chaser plays out and drops the chase.
I think it's time to go back to bed. I'm wandering all over the place.




Updated: 11:15 AM GMT on November 09, 2011

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A Walk In the Snow, More Memories and a Task Completed

By: plapman, 11:51 AM GMT on November 07, 2011

Today will see light snow ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud but there will still be a 30% chance of flurries this afternoon. The wind will be west at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming light near noon. Today's high will be 2C(36F).
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low of-8C(17F).
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Someone once told me not to scold a dog more that 5 minutes after their misdeed as their memory is no longer than that.
Last night, while on an evening walk with Abbey to reintroduce her, once again, to that ugly white stuff you will see from my basement window this morning, Abbey proved that to be very wrong. While walking down the street I grew up on, with Abbey just behind me, I felt a jerk on her leash. I looked to see what she was up to and she was headed for my boyhood home where my mother had lived until she past away in Febuary 2010. My mother enjoyed Abbey and always had a treat and a pat on the head for her. Abbey hasn't been there since a week before my mother past! I think Abbey, like me, Abbey will never forget that house or wonderfull person who lived there.
Enough of those memories.
I did get my snowblower prepared for the upcoming season yesterday. The oil has been been changed, the chain drive oiled and the friction drive wheel cleaned of any oil that may have been deposited there but I don'tbeleive I'll have to use it today as the snow will prbably melt away. I guess the man who put it there is still looking out for me and will clean up his own mess. :)
I think today I'll make a motion senseing plugin from old parts in my hoard, that will activate when I open the bedroom door to answer the call of and plug a lamp into it. Gosh I'm too lazy to reach up and turn on the basement lights.

Updated: 10:23 AM GMT on November 08, 2011

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A Walk In the Snow, More Memories and a Task Completed

By: plapman, 11:50 AM GMT on November 07, 2011

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Someone once told me not to scold a dog more that 5 minutes after their misdeed as their memory is no longer than that.
Last night, while on an evening walk with Abbey to reintroduce her, to that ugly white stuff you will see from my basement window this morning, Abbey proved that to be very wrong. While walking down the street I grew up on, with Abbey just behind me, I felt a jerk on her leash. I looked to see what she was up to and she was headed for my boyhood home where my mother had lived until she past away in Febuary 2010. My mother enjoyed Abbey and always had a treat and a pat on the head for her. Abbey hasn't been there since a week before my mother past! I think Abbey, like me, will never forget that house or wonderfull person who lived there.
Enough of those memories.
I did get my snowblower prepared for the upcoming season yesterday. The oil has been been changed, the chain drive oiled and the friction drive wheel cleaned of any oil that may have been deposited there but I don'tbeleive I'll have to use it today as the snow will prbably melt away. I guess the man who put it there is still looking out for me and will clean up his own mess. :)
I think today I'll make a motion senseing plugin from old parts in my hoard, that will activate when I open the bedroom door to answer the call of and plug a lamp into it. Gosh I'm too lazy to reach up and turn on the basement lights.
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Updated: 12:01 PM GMT on November 07, 2011

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An Enjoyable Walk With My Buddy Abbey

By: plapman, 12:36 PM GMT on November 06, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with periods of rain beginning early this afternoon. The wind start southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) then swinging to the southwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this afternoon. The high today will be 10C(50F).
Tonight will see rain changing to light snow near midnight with the wind southwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The overnight low will be -1C(30F).
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Yesterday I got the patch for Kramer's wall carving painted, though a little darker it's a lot closer match that the patching mud. Thee Queen issued an order yesterday when she came home from work. The command was to get my priority list of projects reraligned properly. She stated that the snow blower preperations has to be on the top of the list for today and that if I don't have the machine ready and she can't get out of the driveway she'll give me a whack on my blind side which I won't see coming and will not remember when I wake up on the floor. That lady sure has a way of getting her point across. :)
Getting back to the ugly white stuff in the forecast. Yesterday while walking Abbey we came across a lady painting over graffiti someone had thoughtlessly painted on her fence. I suggested to her that she should paint her fence white and soon it would become invisible blending in with the background color like camoflage.
Now I'll ramble off to a different story.
Also on our walk yesterday I saw a young gentleman entering an apartment and stopped to chat with him. I told him that over 43 years ago that apartment had been the the first home for my Queen and me after we were married and that a lot of beer had con summed there and a lot of good times had been had. I didn't tell him that the parties had stopped almost 2 years later when the Queen banned my hard drinking, fun loving, single friends telling me that it was time I grew up and that we had better start looking for a bigger place as I was soon to become a daddy. What great memories that chat brought back. Gosh without that anti-depressant drug seemingly depressing me I just go on and on. The Queen says it's so nice to have her good natured, talkative man back. Enough rambles for today.
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THe Ramblings On th Prairie Continued

By: plapman, 12:57 PM GMT on November 05, 2011



Today will bring increasing cloudiness this morning with the wind becoming southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon. The high will be 10C(50F).
Tonight will be cloudy with the wind southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). The overnight low will be 5C(41F).
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I just rambled on for an hour and poof everything disappeared. so I'll start again and try to remember my rambling. I won't give up. :)
Yesterday I missed my afternoon nap. I had just fallen asleep after the Queen left for work when the phone rang. It was the dealership where the we had purchased the Queen's car. They wanted to remind us that the car was probably due for an oil change and seasonal maintenance. it sure is annoying having them call when a light comes on in the car reminding us that an oil change is just about due and that after having owned a car for nearly 45 years that I think I know when maintenance is due. I'm going to request that they remove me from their call list.
I had just climbed back into bed when Abbey, the automatic door bell sounded off. It would be impossible for a stranger to enter my home without being noticed It's strange that she can sense whose entering or at the door. The Queen, my stay at home daughter, the granddaughter, the soon to be mom daughter and myself are on her safe list and are greeted with a quiet wagging tail dog while others are met with a barking not to friendly looking beast. If they knew that the ferocious beast's attack would be knocking them down with her tail and licking their face any fear she had instilled in them would be forgotten. The second disturbance was the brother in law who had dropped in for a chat, coffee and to share a lemon pie he had recently acquired courtesy of the mother in law.
He can disturb my sleep anytime when bearing gifts like that! :) LOOps the Queen just got up I'll finish my rambling later.
10:15 time to finish the ramble now that I've sent the Queen off to work. Someone has to work in this family and I've put in my time.
When my company had left any thoughts of napping had dissapeared so I started on a new project. The idea was to create a holder for the small flashlight I keep by my desk. I used an old bicycle spoke left over from last years bicycle repair projects. I salvaged any bikes I saw while walking Abbey, in someone's trash pile waiting for the weekly garbage pickup. It's a shame what people send to the landfill when a lot of the stuff could be donated to the local MCC store for tem to sell and help needy people with the proceeds. Most of the bikes I repaired were given to kids on the block who needed wheeled transportation and ones still needing repair when the Queen convinced me to clean out the garage were given to the 2 gandsons to play with, repair and distribute in their small community. I did keep one for my use but still haven't received the Queen's permission to ride it. I think her fear of me on a bike stems not from me falling but more so of being able to catch a young lady while chasing them down the street with the extra speed the bicycle would offer . :)
While siting here rambling I'm thinking of another project to occupy me tilll the Queen comes home. I've yet not prepaired the snow-blower for the coming season and may get that done today.
I can't think of how I found the time in my schedule for a ( to 5 job and can't understand how people could get bored in retirement.

Updated: 12:33 PM GMT on November 06, 2011

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Shopping With Abbey

By: plapman, 11:13 AM GMT on November 04, 2011

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Today will be mainly sunny with a south wind at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The high will be 10C(50F).
Tonight will start clear then becoming partly cloudy overnight. The wind south at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) will diminish to 20 km/h (12 mph) late this evening then becoming light overnight. Tonight's low will be -1C(30F).
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It loks like I'll have to dig out the ankle weights I have if I'm going to walk Abbey today or I'll be blown the 15 miles north to Lake Manitoba, hopefully I can find a tree to hang onto I'll end up being one of Sants's helpers.
Yesterday Abbey and me took the downtown route. I had a cartridge for a label maker I had bought at a garage sale 2 years ago for $5, the lady running the garage sale said she couldn't find a cartridge for it and was selling it and a little chip of the stairwell well in my pocket. That darned Kramer had used the wall for a scratching post and I had recently repaired the scratches but didn't want to repaint the whole stairwell and back entrance. We stopped in at an office supply shop and found a new cartridge for the label er for $118. lol more than triple of what I had paid for the label er, then stopped by a paint store owned by a neighbor about 5 houses down from me. He had started working at a paint retailer when he left high school and evenutally started his own business. he's the same age as me so the match should be perfect.
It's funny how the world turns, at one time many, many years ago I had dated his younger sister and 20 years later him and me became neighbors.
Next on my rambles is the label er. :)
When I got home I checked on the net for information on my deal and it turns out the be an amazing deal. The label er originally sold for $269 and came with a 180 page owners manual which I downloaded in PDF format. The thing will take 1/4 to 1 inch labels and can print up to 5 lines of text on paper, clear on colored plastic as well as iron on fabric. The paper labels are laminated and can be used outdoors.I can start a business making labels :). I'll give my handheld label er to my daughter who borrowed it earlier this year to make labels for her son's school supplies.
It's funny only 1 shop of the 3 I stopped in at didn't want Abbey in their store so I left without doing bussiness with them. I would understand if it was a grocery store or restaurant but a clothing store where I had planned to buy some jeans without holes in the knees could have let her in as there were no other customers present but I guess that's the owner's policy and the employees have to stick with it.
BTW the 9th grandchild is really starting to show on her figure and she's still blaming it on me as I talked to the SIL about making a sister for the 3 boys.
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A Shrinking World and mumbo-Jumbo on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:28 PM GMT on November 03, 2011

Today will be mainly sunny with the wind wind becoming southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. The high will be 11C(52F).
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I got lazy yesterday and never worked on any projects but did get Abbey out for a 4 mile walk. It's a good thing I never saw any young ladies or me and Abbey would still be out.
The SIL was over and installed the suspended ceiling, I think I'll start charging a toll for other household members who want to use the nicest room in the house. :)
I received a email from gardengrrl as I had requested and called her last night. We had a really nice chat. It sure is a pleasure to have a face or voice to remember when reading comments or posting on that persons blog. So far I've met Rob in Grand Manan, the infamous Cog in Newfoundland and chatted on the phone with Alley and GardenGrrl. I'll have to keep reaching out and find other voices and faces to remember. The Internet sure shrinks the world!
It's funny, GardenGrrl thought I had an accent but in reality it's her with the accent, everyone here talks like me.
It's a good thing me and my Queen and I have a strong relationship, she has no fear that I'm looking for a new lady to fill her spot by phoning ladies while she's working. I guess she knows no one else would put up with my shenanigans and that I'd be thrown out in the trash quickly at someone else's home. I'm a firm believer in upholding our marriage vows which stated "Untill death do us part".
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Updated: 11:10 AM GMT on November 04, 2011

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Plapman is Now a Card Carrying Senior

By: plapman, 10:53 AM GMT on November 02, 2011


Today will bring clearing early this morning with the wind westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be 8C(46F).
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It was a quite day on the prairie yesterday. I installed the silencers on my washroom door which involved chiseling the catch opening a 1/4 inch back, moving the catch back and using contact cement to attach the small rubber grommets to the door frame. It now closes without a bang, no More fun for people who like to slam doors shut. :)
I think todays project will be to prepare he snowblower for the coming season. It's time for an oil change and a lube job at strategic locations. Yes I'm going to try moving my own snow again this year, I never give up!
Abbey and me took our daily walk on the downtown route and stopped in at the senior center where I purchased a membership until DEC. 31 2012 for the exorbitant price of $15.
I'll have to investigate their activities and take advantage of them. I know they offer tours to various spots in Manitoba but after spending 30 years traveling the province to various construction sites that doesn't interest me. They also have evening dances featuring music from the 50's and 60's' You never know, I might start chasing older ladies down the street while the Queen works. lol the Queen will bar me from the dances as I met her at a dance. When I told the Queen I had joined she said she had been thinking of suggesting it to me. After 43 years of marriage we're even starting to think alike. Now that is scary.:)

Updated: 12:26 PM GMT on November 03, 2011

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The Plapman Continues to Ramble On

By: plapman, 12:25 PM GMT on November 01, 2011



Today will see clearing this morning. with the wind northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph). Today's high will be 8C(46F).
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Yesterday I got the joining strip installed and there'll be no fear of the vacuum catching threads from the carpet. I also came up with a plan to keep y camera cables and other cables neatly stored and easy to find. I recovered the bathroom holders, that had quickly become obsolete, drilled holes to fit in some cable and cord managers which wrap the cords in a circular plastic container that I had bought at the local Dollorama store ( ( tsk -tsk the Plapman actually spent money and bought something) inserted the obsolete holders as a hook and hang them on a shelf above my computer. I even labeled them so that I can grab the proper cable when needed. Today when the Queen goes back to work after her long weekend off I'll work on the washroom door silencers, think of new projects, think up new projects and maybe even find time to watch some TV.I might even look in the garage for some scrap 2X4 pieces and practice a wood carving.
Yesterday while walking with Abbey I noticed a man, whom I'd given directions to a few days ago, working on concrete forming and went over to chat with him. After talking with him a while I told him I should have given him directions to my place and that I could use a concrete driveway to match the neighbors especially if someone else is paying for it. :)
Yesterday, while reading the weekly newspaper, I came across a column by the seniors center telling the services they offered and saying they had 3 pool tables open to members. I may take Abbey for a walk there today and join. It will be a chance to make new friends, maybe find old ones lost in the past, and find out if a legally blind man can still play a descent game of snooker. I used to love the game in younger years and was pretty good at it though never in the same league as Minnesota Fats.
I love retirement where I can do what I want, when I want sleep when tired and eat when hungry, with only the Queen to answer to. If I'd have known about this lifestyle before I started my career with the government I probably would have retired at 20. lol
For those who are still working keep at it, life only gets better with age, plus I need someone working and paying taxes to keep my pension cheque rolling in every month.

Updated: 10:51 AM GMT on November 02, 2011

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